Dear Year 5 Parents and Guardians,                             


Welcome back after a very quick (or so it seemed to me) half term. This term I am excited to be doing something that I have never done before – a topic on the great Barbara Hepworth. I have been lucky enough to have been tutored (briefly) by Mrs Breeze, who is a specialist in Hepworth’s art and life. With her insight I feel like we have a few weeks of excellent artwork that we can really sink our teeth into. With that said, we do have some requests.


Firstly, would children be able to bring in a pair of gardening gloves (exact fit not required) to protect their hands while we are moulding chicken wire. They don’t need to be super heavy duty, rather just some basic protection while handling the wire to prevent minor cuts and scrapes. They will need these for the week beginning the 17th June. I will send a reminder out closer to the time, or you can send a pair in now and we will keep them safe. Please put them in a bag with your child’s name on or have the surname in the gloves for identification purposes!


Secondly, can children have a set of old clothes in school for our sculpture making (see overleaf for details). These clothes will be used when we are using the Modroc plaster, so may become rather messy and/or damaged by the plaster. Again, having these in school for the 17th would be great – sooner is fine too.


This term we will be swimming for two more sessions (one we’ve already had): children will need their kit and towel on a Monday, as well as goggles or anything else they normally swim with. These extras are not essential, but a personal preference. PE will be on Fridays with Mr Bain. After swimming, Monday will also be a PE day with myself.


Please, don’t forget about water bottles, hats and sun cream over the next few weeks as well – PE will almost always be outside this term, so please plan/pack accordingly.


There are also many opportunities to extend your child’s learning out of school. Below is a ‘bingo’ grid that the children can complete for some extra in-class money. The response to this has been wonderful, with some children coming up with all sorts of work that even ticks more than one box at a time!


A piece science, done at home.

A piece of writing

A piece of writing

20 spellings from the year 5/6 word list


Written maths work

A photo of you doing something awesome

Evidence of you doing Spanish at home!

A piece of artwork


Written maths work

Researched an art piece of Barbara Hepworth’s

A photo or selfie in a cool place

A homemade sculpture








Additionally, you could always visit St. Ives to see some of Hepworth’s sculptures in the flesh.



Here are some important dates for you:


10th June – Last swimming session

19th June – Launceston College parent evening (come along and ask questions etc.)

28th June – Sports day

1st/3rd July – Callington College open mornings

A day in July – Sculpture garden open day (will confirm when I know for sure)

10th/11th July – Summer performances

13th July – Summer Fair

19th July – Last day of term


Finally, can I just take this opportunity to say that your children, whether they came to France or not, we immaculately behaved. The children who stayed at school for a day of laughter and fun with Miss Mac were a delight, I am told, as were our international adventurers as well. These children, bar none, were a credit to themselves, the school and their parents. I continue to be blown away by their responsible manner and ability to listen and act appropriately, whilst (hopefully) still having a lot of giggles and a lot of fun. They are truly amazing.


If at any point during these 7 weeks you have any further questions, or anything I can help with, please do not hesitate to contact me or visit the classroom.


Thank you for your continued support,



Tom Lumby